Manga posts

I also like her creepy vampire kids.

Posted by on March 10th, 2010 at 1:57 PM

One of the first manga I ever read, back in college when I was plunging into the dorky depths of anime fandom, was Moto Hagio’s A, A’, published by Viz during an abortive early attempt to sell Americans on

The Moto Hagio Interview conducted by Matt Thorn (Part Two of Four)

Posted by on March 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Hagio on what she read as a child and teenager, her influences, breaking in and the O-izumi Salon. Part One.

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The Moto Hagio Interview conducted by Matt Thorn (Part One of Four)

Posted by on March 9th, 2010 at 1:40 PM
Due to yesterday's announcement, is reprinting the Moto Hagio interview from TCJ #269 in four parts.

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Journalista reputation-destroying extra: Four years’ work

Posted by on March 8th, 2010 at 11:50 AM




As you might be aware, I generally try to avoid product announcements in this blog -- with that going double for Fantagraphics products, what with the obvious "Dirk=company whore" connotations they bring. Nonetheless, I've spent the last four... long... years helping nurture this one into being, and pretty much demanded the right to be the one to break the news. And since Amazon just beat me to it, I might as well make the announcement here:


Panel from "The Willow Tree," ©2010 Moto Hagio/Shogakukan.


Fantagraphics has signed an agreement with Shogakukan to launch a full manga line edited and curated by Matt Thorn. For the record: Four years is a hell of a long time to keep a secret.


All My Darling Daughters

Posted by on March 8th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Fumi Yoshinaga is not at her best in the short story form. In longer series, her weakness for glib psychoanalyzing can be overwhelmed by her virtues: sublime nonsense in Antique Bakery; a matchless feel for character interaction and development in Ooku. In All My Darling Daughters, though, the tales get clipped off with pat endings and pat-er moralizing before Yoshinaga can plumb either nonsensical heights or emotional depths.

I mean, seriously. Bleach?

Posted by on March 3rd, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Manga fans are pissed about some guy copying panels from Bleach for his comic, and rightly so.  He could have at least picked a manga with an interesting art style, like One Piece, maybe.  And he could have tried

Noah Berlatsky on Book of Friends

Posted by on February 10th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
I haven’t read a ton of manga, but it seems lately that every one I do read involves someone who is able to see ghosts and spirits.


Dinosaur King Vol. 1

Posted by on February 8th, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Yohei Sakai; Vizkids; $7.99, 192 pp.; B&W, Softcover; ISBN: 978-1421532530



There should be more American comics like this.

Not that this is a great comic. Or a good comic. Or a comic that in any way makes you

So Many Lums

Posted by on February 3rd, 2010 at 6:52 PM

This is fun.  Each volume of the newest edition of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic slapstick romantic comedy Urusei Yatsura includes a pinup by a different manga artist.  Here are thumbnails of all 31 illustrations, each depicting bikini-clad alien demon girl Lum:

Kinukitty Reviews Very Bad Yaoi

Posted by on February 3rd, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Kinukitty on Kairi Shimotsuki’s Madness

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